27 Aug V&A Dundee Museum Project
The V&A Dundee is Scotland’s first museum of design. Due to open in September 2018, the museum will mainly focus on fashion, architecture, design and photography. It is set to be a vital new cultural landmark for Dundee, providing a place of inspiration and discovery, aiming to enrich lives by illustrating the importance of design and creativity.
Dundee is transforming its waterfront and KME Steelworks is delighted to be involved in the creation of the iconic V&A Museum which is said to be one of the main aspects of the regeneration. KME created the rotating plank moulds which were used to create the precast planks that can be seen on the exterior of the 8,000m² three-storey building. The V&A features twenty-one separate curving exterior concrete walls which hold approximately 2,500 precast rough stone planks. Each plank weighs up to 3,000kg and spans up to 4m wide. Due to the design of the building with its interlocking parts and sections the latest 3D design technology was used, ensuring that each mould would create a dimensionally accurate cast for each of these 2,500 planks.
Created with culture at the forefront of the design. The V&A incorporates a Scottish cliff face and captures many aspects of Dundee’s historical ship building industry. It is hoped that the V&A will have a similar effect on Dundee as the Titanic Museum had on Belfast, attracting visitors to the new “must see” tourist attraction on the waterfront.